So were you glued to the box Tuesday night watching Leia, Kim and Sue try their hardest for the big pagent? If you missed it, maybe 4OD can help you out. I won’t spoil the ending. What I will say is that the programme is more – and forgive the cliche – about the journey rather than the destination. To be honest, I found the pagent thing a little weird and if it’s anything like Miss World is now, there’s a lot more politics involved.
The start of the programme on ‘being a TV’ if you will, was (IMO) very good. It rang a few bells with me and I found myself nodding in agreement to some of the soundbites that were picked out. “A bloke 99.9% of the time” was one that stuck with me. For me at least, and if you feel different – please say otherwise, that’s true. I spend the majority of my life in bloke mode and I’m cool with that. Sure, it’s nice to go out and be glam, but it’s *such* a lot of effort. I don’t just mean the dressing up part, there’s the secrecy, staying trim and the continual battle against your inner wolfman (Ed: she doesn’t mean not biting people). Honestly, I like being a bloke. You get paid more for starters and there’s no shame in being ballsy or go-getting. Double standards eh ladies? Then there’s all those fab gadgets to play with: cars, computers, sporting equipment, hi-fi’s, etc. 🙂
Flippancy aside, the closing segment of the programme was very poinyant. Leia came out to her mum and another entrant was saying she hadn’t seen her parents for over 4 years. All this woman wanted was the acceptance and love of her mother. Both scenes were very moving albeit in different ways. Does this explain the trans love of blogging, forums and photos? While there is an element of vanity and ego, ultimately is it acceptance not attention that we crave? If we cannot find acceptance within our family, does a web page or blog fill that void? Does the acceptance from our peers outweight the risk of being found out? Ahhh, questions, questions eh?